Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Hex and Counter Holidays


Back in the day I used to be quite an avid hex and counter board wargame player and still have many of the old Avalon Hill bookcase games that I enjoyed in my mis-spent teenage years including Squad Leader, Gettysburg and Panzer Leader, amongst others. However, I have neglected this aspect of the wargaming hobby for a long time, preferring miniatures and more light weight 'beer and pretzels' board wargames such as Tank on Tank, Cry Havoc, Battle Ravens and Wings of War (as relayed on my other occasional blog - Tea and a Wad Wargaming)

I've been thinking about re-booting the hex and counter wargaming side of the hobby recently, so have been gradually acquiring a selection of good condition second hand games, mainly via eBay, to add to the old ones that I have already got. The latest are a series of GMT bookcase games including Blood and Roses, 1805: Sea of Glory, Combat Commander Europe, Iron and Oak and Wing Leader, most of which can be played solo to some degree and all of which tap into my wargaming field of focus.

In 2022, I'm hoping to get back into some proper hex and counter board wargaming if I can find a space that I can set out a game, without having to clear it all away again when the dining room table needs to be used by the kids or the Mrs. The oldest of the offspring is now at university, so his room and desk are free for me to lay out a game and leave it there, so that I can dip in and out when I have the time. I'm also planning to play a couple of games over the holidays, which is about the only time I get to sit down and play a game from start to finish.

It should be fun!


  1. Nice looking games there. I'm a big fan of what GMT put out.



  2. Nice. I also like getting into a few hex and counter games every now and then, but don't really have a space to leave on set up for a long time. I often use VASSAL for solitaire games. That way I can leave it set up and take screen images.

    I recently picked up Captain's Sea from Legion Wargames (https://www.legionwargames.com/legion_CAP.html), which may be more difficult to solitaire, but looks like a lot of fun.



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